Wednesday, October 17, 2012


   This comes from www.catchmyparty.com .  Like I always say, it's never too early to get ready for the holidays and gather up different ideas of new things to make and do.  It's never too early!

We’re giving away a whole new collection of FREE “Little Witches” Halloween party printables designed by my friend, Betsy from B.Nute Productions. This collection has the cutest little witches and a retro feel that I just love.
And in addition to the invitation, party circles, “Bewitched” banner, goodie bag labels, and party labels Betsy designed, she also created this adorable “cootie catcher” fortune teller that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
Here are some photos of the collection in action…








The fabulously fun cootie catcher


And if you don’t know how to fold an cootie catcher, here’s a video to help.

Thank you, Betsy for designing this adorable vintage collection. To learn more about Betsy and see all her festive designs, check out her company, B.Nute Productions.


   This diy comes from www.thevintagedresser.blogspot.com .   Start your Halloween projects now, so there's more time enjoying the labor of your crafting later.

Halloween Pumpkin Heads Tutorial


3" styrofoam balls
1/4" dowels, 12 to 14" long
tacky glue
Paper Perfect
palette knife

acrylic paint:
burnt orange
crocus yellow
burnt umber
country red
hot shots red

short pieces of tree branch
rusty wire

I have my supplies all gathered and have actually already glued the dowels into the styrofoam balls.

Using the palette knife, spread the paper perfect over the styrofoam ball, as thinly and evenly as possible, while still getting good coverage. It really doesn't matter what color of Paper Perfect you use (it comes in several colors). You'll be painting it all orange anyway.

Two down and several more to go! Once the balls are all covered with Paper Perfect, they have to dry at least 24 hours. Check carefully to see if they're dry before proceeding.

Once dry, apply a basecoat of burnt orange acrylic paint, using a foam brush or old bristle brush. Even when you get a nice coat of Paper Perfect on the styrofoam, it's still rough, so it's a little hard on a brush getting the paint into the uneven texture. Don't use your best brush!

Next, glue the short pieces of tree branch into the top of the styrofoam balls and allow the glue to dry.

While the glue is drying you can paint the dowels black. A foam brush works best for this.

Now it's time for the fun to begin! Basecoat the mouth and eye shapes with antique white acrylic paint. (I just freehand the shapes in, but you could draw them in with a chalk pencil if i makes you feel more comfortable!) It will take at least two coats for nice coverage. I usually do all the white and then go back and add noses and details with black acrylic. But if you want to do one at a time, that's fine! The noses, eyeballs and details on the mouth are added with black. Also outline the eyes and mouth in black. When the black eyeballs are dry, add a small triangle of antique white at the top of each. With Crocus yellow, add a thin line on the angled side of the nose.

They're coming along!

I've added a couple with a toothless grin. They're a little quicker to paint, without all the toothy details! Just base in a mouth, triangular eyes and nose, in black and outline in crocus yellow, with a dot of yellow in the eye for character.

Now add red cheeks at the corners of the mouths. I use a round brush for this.

Now highlight the tops of the cheeks with Hotshots Red. It's pretty bright! We'll tone it down a little, later.

The basic faces are done, so now we need to add shading for depth and interest.
Using burnt umber acrylic, side load a flat or angled brush.

Begin outlining all the features in burnt umber, using the side loaded brush. Keep your brush moist. You'll find that the Paper Perfect pulls the moisture out of the brush so you'll have to re-moisten and re-load often.

Once you've outlined all the features, shade between the top and bottom teeth with the side loaded brush, shade under the upper lip, and around the black eyeball (on the white of the eye). Keep these sideloads less intense than the rest. You don't want to end up with brown teeth & eyes!
You can see the difference here between the face without shading and the one with it. With your sideloaded brush and a watered down side load of burnt umber, soften the bright red of the highlighted cheeks.

Here's the whole gang, all finished---well as far as the painting goes!

Now it's time to add the finishing touches. Using rusty wire, insert it into the head slightly, beside the branch on top. This just holds it in place while you curl the wire around the branch. Curl it around several times and cut with wire cutters. Bend the cut end so that it doesn't stick out. It's sharp and you don't want to get scratched!

The next step should be spraying the balls and dowels with clear acrylic, but that makes them difficult to photograph, so I'm skipping it for now. Later I can move the bows out of the way and spray them.

Now we'll add their bowties. Using torn strips of fall colored fabrics, tie bows under their chins. The strips are about 16-18" long, depending on how long you want the tails to be.

And here they are, all decked out in their spiffy bow ties and ready for the Halloween party! These are available in my Etsy shop, Toletally Painted:http://www.toletallypainted.etsy.com


   This recipe comes from http://www.recipe.com .  Give it a try and tell me what you think!  Pumpkins and Nogg, mmmmmmmmmm!

Pumpkin Pie Nog

   A serving of this autumn-perfect drink is like pumpkin pie in a glass.

Servings: Makes 16 servings
Total Time: 25 mins

  • 2  cups
    cooked fresh pie pumpkin puree or one 15-oz. can pumpkin
  • 1  46-oz.
    bottle peach-mango smoothie drink or peach nectar (5 1/2 cups)
  • 2  tsp.
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 1  qt.
    vanilla or pumpkin ice cream
  • pumpkin, top, stringy pulp, and seeds removed (optional)

If using cooked fresh pumpkin puree, in a blender container combine 1 cup of the smoothie drink and the cooked fresh pumpkin puree; cover and blend until smooth.
In a 5- to 6-quart saucepan combine the remaining smoothie drink, blended pumpkin mixture or the canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice; heat about 10 minutes until warm. Add about three-quarters of the ice cream by spoonfuls. Heat and stir 3 to 5 minutes more until just melted. Pour into a hollowed pumpkin, if desired, or into a punch bowl. Top with scoops of remaining ice cream. Serve immediately, nog will be slightly warm. Makes 16 servings.


    In the United States and all around the world are hundreds of haunted places. But did you ever think that while on vacation, the place you choose to sleep could be the very place a ghost or spirit is looking over you? Haunted hotels are known to be the most haunted places on earth.

Kate Morgan

Hotel Del Coronado

    This hotel is located in California and is known to be haunted since 1892. It is also considered to be one of the top resorts in the U.S. There have been reports of voices and apparitions coming from all floors of the hotel. It is also reported that Kate Morgan, a young woman in her 20's was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found on the steps to the front entrance of the hotel. Ms. Morgan is she ghost haunting the rooms of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel ghost

   The Stanley Hotel is located in Colorado and has a lot of hidden secrets and history behind it. Author Stephen King is known to stay in this hotel when in need of inspiration. His best selling book, "The Shining" is based off of the Stanley Hotel. There have been reports of children laughing, mostly in the ballroom, and sounds of piano playing. The ghost is known to be Freelan O. Stanley and his wife, who was once a piano player. He has been known for stealing guest jewelry and visiting their rooms in the middle of the night.

Crescent Hotel and Spa

Crescent Hotel ghost

   The Crescent Hotel and Spa is known to haunted since 1886 and is located in Arkansas. The ghosts and spirits in this hotel are not so friendly and are considered to be dangerous and don't enjoy guests. It has been reported that the spirits appear through mirrors and seems as though they are trying to reach out. Guests and staff members have recorded seeing hands come through the walls and mirrors.

Myrtle's Plantation

Myrtle's Plantation ghost

   Myrtle's Plantation has been proven to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. This hotel is located in Louisiana. Built in 1796 by General David Bradford was a place meant for this man and his family. But today is haunted by 10 ghosts that were murdered and didn't leave the earth on a good note. Most of the ghosts are known to be children. There are reports of a little girl skipping up and down the stairs, then disappears.

Provincial Hotel

Provincial Hotel ghost

   The Provincial Hotel is located in New Orleans and was built many years ago. It is known to be haunted by soldiers and hospital patients that have suffered throughout that time period. There have been reports of screaming and moaning of wounded soldiers along with blood stains that disappear seconds later. Also, there are feelings of being watched and followed. A lot of these paranormal activities have been caught on tape by ghost hunters.

Heathman Hotel

   Heathman Hotel is located in Oregon. There have been reports of multiple ghosts lurking the halls and rooms of this ancient hotel. The ghosts and spirits are known to do odd and spooky things. To let their presence be known, there are reports of moving objects, tapping, and faces appearing in dark corners. There have also been cold spots in one particular area in a room and voices have been recorded on an EVP.

Carolina Hotel

   The Carolina Hotel is obviously located in North Carolina and has been visited by many paranormal investigators. The investigators discovered this hotel is being haunted by William Jocoks. Mr. Jocoks was a man that lived in the hotel for over 20 years and was known to be a very angry man. His appearance is what spooked a lot of guests that entered their rooms. The described him as a large, tall, heavy-set man, dressed in an all black suit. It has been reported that a feeling of being watched was constant and William was always playing jokes. The man would always turn the door knobs as if trying to enter the room and appear on the foot of the bed several times a night.

Sagamore Hotel

    In New York there are plenty of haunted hotels, but this one seems to get more attention than others. There are reports, once again, of multiple ghosts that appear to be less friendly than most. It is proven that a little boy haunts the golf course and pulls off the wall tricks on the golfers when on the course. The boy is known to throw golf balls from behind trees and a loud burst of laughing is always heard afterwards. On other occasions, there are reports of a woman dressed in all white, entering every room of the hotel at different times of the night. The identity of the spirits are unknown.

Ramada Plaza Hotel

   There is not much information on this hotel and the paranormal activity that occurs. Guests have spoken and admit that something different happens everytime to a different person. This hotel is located in Wisconsin and is built on well-known land. It is proven that this hotel was built on top of underground tunnels that were used by Chicago gangsters. The tunnel ends in the hotel's basement. Walter Schoreder was the owner of this hotel and was murdered on the property. He is the spirit lurking the halls of his enchanted palace. Walter is known to turn the lights off and on in the rooms and the faucets turn on mysteriously. There have also been reports of screaming and banging on the walls